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post #41 of 237
I hate to say it, but that would be financially devestating to us. I currently am the bread winner and work 51 miles a way. With my current gas mileage, I would have to work TWELVE hours to earn enough money to pay for my gas back and forth to work. There is just no way that I could do that and still make the bills.
post #42 of 237
We would install an efficient wood burning stove to supplement our heat.

We would cut back on our homeschooling activities. We all ready do this to a degree, but we would be much more active about finding resources within walking distance.

Our garden would expand by 50-100%. We eat out of the garden quite a bit, but this would have to increase a lot.

We would continue to buy in bulk, but I would shop 6-12 months at a time, instead of monthly like I do now.

Dh's commute is only 4 miles and he drives -- this could become a bike ride during the spring and fall months.

Actually, I like all of these ideas! We are pretty well set up for gas to go up. We bought a house close to dh's work with a large yard. There is no real public transport here, but we could get by with one car easily enough.
post #43 of 237
And I am so sorry for families who are struggling with higher prices. This is going to be a tough stretch for a lot of folks.
post #44 of 237
If gas were $10 a gallon I would trade my car in for something like a Prius. It would cost more but be so worth it.
post #45 of 237
I think if gas were $10 per gallon, it would collapse our economy. If people stopped going places and stopped buying things, (since that's what makes our world go 'round), the country would be in a world of hurt.

I fear many people would literally starve. It would just be too much for a lot of folks.
post #46 of 237
Gas at $10 might prompt us to move.

DH already works from home 2 days a week. If possible, he'd bump that up to 4-5 days a week if gas was $10/gallon. This would be significant because we live 35 miles from DH's office.

I would definitely cut down on shopping. We live in the country, so it is a long drive to stores. I'd probably have DH do the grocery and household shopping on his way home from work so I don't have to make a separate trip. I think I'd probably have to stop driving out to a local organic farm for fresh dairy We already garden and raise chickens. Maybe I'd finally break down and buy a dairy goat for our family's use.

We'd cut down on the number activities that my kids are involved in. We're already planning to switch my girls to a different (closer) dance studio in the fall. We would stay closer to home; we'd make fewer trips to visit family, fewer trips to visit friends who live in other cities, fewer trips to museums, fewer camping/hiking trips.
post #47 of 237
Oh, I forgot one other thing, I'd drive in ways to maximize my fuel economy.

Already I've started driving 55mph on all highways/interstates. I probably drive people crazy driving so slow, but I keep track of my gas milage, and driving slower has made a big difference. I'm getting 4-6 more mpg now that I'm making an effort to drive 55mph instead of 70-75mph when I'm out running errands.
post #48 of 237
We're making plans for this right now. We are leaving Southern California and moving to coastal Maine. We'll have a house that can be heated with wood instead of oil. We'll be able to bike the 1.25 miles into town until the abandoned rail line behind our new house is turned into a walk/bike trail. Or we'll be able to row or sail into town. Food will be more expensive, but we're moving to an area with lots of local, organic farms, so the farmers aren't dependent on oil for fertilizer and it's not terribly far to get food to market. We'll have chickens or ducks for eggs and a fairly large garden - especially a winter garden.
post #49 of 237
We'd put dh's truck in the garage and leave it there and just use my little car for errands, dh would bike to work more often, and I would only shop at the grocery store that's walking distance, prices are a bit higher there, but I would just have to shop smarter, I guess. We'd have to budget everything more carefully, since it would drive the cost of everything up.

I've seen a handful of people say they would sell/trade their higher gas mileage cars- just something to consider, if gas is that much I doubt anyone would buy them, and some dealers are already not taking gas guzzlers for trade in or giving next to nothing for them. Trucks and SUV's are barely selling already.
post #50 of 237

Okay, I haven't read this article yet, just the title.....pretty much the title of this thread.

post #51 of 237
Nothing, I can't do anything differently. I am driving the bare minimum that I can.
post #52 of 237
We'd definitely find a way to purchase a more fuel efficient car for DH to drive to work. It's only 17 miles from our house, but the gas costs add up!

We already shop only once a week or less often with the car. For items I run out of I'll often walk to the grocery store a few blocks away (it's a Sav-A-Lot, so it's usefulness is limited for our family). In the winter if I run out of something I'll have DH pick it up on his way home from work as he literally drives by a grocery store on his route home.

Because we're a one car family we do already combine errands because we generally take care of errands on Saturdays. I try to avoid shopping on the sabbath and it's hard to run errands on weeknights.

I've thought about trying to move closer to DH's work, but I really like living within walking distance of shops, library, parks, etc. and the college he works at is literally in the middle of a corn field near not much else.
post #53 of 237
at $10 a gallon a prius is almost as cheap to own and operate as a civic, so maybe I would finally be able to justify one :P

We finally are to a point where I use less than 1.5 gallons a week to commute, so we would just take less unnecessary trips.
post #54 of 237
If gas were $10/gal. I think we would till up our entire back yard and maybe front yard too for vegetables. I think dh would cave and support me in my crazy idea to do urban poultry raising and maybe do bee keeping (We have a rather small yard).

I would definitely look into the bakfeits trailer, a Croozer or some variation for trips to the grocery.

My girls are at a difficult age when it comes to putting them on a bicycle. They currently go to the same daycare. But next year will be kindergarten and daycare. My near 5 yo dd is practically too big for one of those passenger trailers. I could get a trailabike but then, what do I do with the 2 yo? Not to mention that my dd#1 is such a princess in comparison to dd#2. Dd#2 may actually be riding a bicycle with training wheels before her big sis. I don't know...maybe we would walk to daycare and then the school? (I've been thinking about how to do this right now anyways).

I currently bike to the train for work but drive to the station on bad weather days. I'd probably suck it up for the rain.

Dh already takes public transport. But if that goes up in cost too, I'm not sure what we can do. We live 7 miles and 13 miles from our work place. Totally doable on a bicycle. But we live on the other side of a tunnel. Surface routes around the harbor would mean tacking on a major commute.
post #55 of 237
: Great thread!
post #56 of 237
I'm already working toward being car-free. It's not feasible with my current job--the company is moving from the downtown area to an industrial area, so no more mass transit to work. So I'm working on moving to a more urban area, as well as looking for work opportunities that would be mostly or completely telecommuting. I have and use a bike and trailer, and we live less than a mile from the stores we shop at, so unless I'm on my way back from someplace else, we walk or bike. My son's too big for his stroller, but we still use it to hold groceries.

Previous posters are right, though, about expensive gas affecting a whole lot more than just running errands and commuting. Things are about to get very...interesting.
post #57 of 237
Originally Posted by CameronsMama View Post
I've seen a handful of people say they would sell/trade their higher gas mileage cars- just something to consider, if gas is that much I doubt anyone would buy them, and some dealers are already not taking gas guzzlers for trade in or giving next to nothing for them. Trucks and SUV's are barely selling already.
I've thought the same thing about moving/selling houses. If gas does get that high, the value of my home would would probably drop. The value of homes closer to employment centers and transit stations would probably soar.
post #58 of 237
I do not need to pretend our gas is $11.25/gal but it is great reading your thoughts.
post #59 of 237
What an interesting thread! It is exactly this idea that is prompting our family to discuss moving downtown. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=900396

DH's commute is "only" 16 miles, and our cars are super efficient. But if gasoline rises much higher, the prices of almost all other consumer goods will inflate. We have a small raised garden, belong to a CSA, buy used, air dry our laundry, and own efficient appliances, but the entire equation changes if the price of gas triples. Our current house would be worthless.
post #60 of 237
I am trying to cut back on gas consumption right now.. it's hard! This is what I do..

Try to take DH's car that gets awesome gas mileage when I am driving alone (without ds in his carseat).. this is hard because I really hate driving that car.. no AC, stick shift, and very messy interior because he uses it for work.
Take the commuter train into downtown and up to visit family who live 20 miles north of us.. this is currently good if I take it alone, because I have a free student pass, but with DH coming along it is about $6 RT.
Ride my bike to the store when I just need to pick up a few small items.
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